Leadership Committee

The Corporate Fund’s Leadership Committee, an exclusive group of business leaders, has been a vital resource to Lincoln Center for over 45 years. This important leadership team ensures that Lincoln Center remains the world’s premier performing arts complex while making significant economic contributions ($2.4 billion each year) to New York City.

Council Chair

Steven R. Swartz

President & Chief Executive Officer


Council Members

James L. Amine
Managing Director Investment Banking Division
Credit Suisse

Keith T. Banks
U.S.Trust, Bank of America Private Wealth Management

Sarah E. Beshar

Valentino D. Carlotti
Goldman, Sachs & Co.

Richard A. Cirillo, Esq.
King & Spalding LLP

John P. Cole
Executive Vice President
Northeast Business Banking Wells Fargo

David A. Coulter
Managing Director & Senior Advisor
Warburg Pincus LLC

Richard K. DeScherer
Chief Legal & Compliance Officer
Bloomberg L.P.

Nancy J. Dubuc
President and Chief Executive Officer
A + E Networks

Robert P. Garrett
New York Office Managing Partner

Richard A. Goldstein

Maurice R. Greenberg
Chairman and Chief Executive Officer
C.V. Starr and Co.

Taimur Hyat
Chief Strategy Officer

Jill Kaplan
Publisher and Vice President
Crain's New York Business

Ross Love
Senior Partner & Managing Director, Managing Partner for New York
The Boston Consulting Group

Charles G. Ludmer
Principal, Chief Marketing Officer
CohnReznick LLP

Peter L. Malkin, Esq.
Chairman Emeritus, Chairman,
Empire State Realty Trust, Malkin Holdings LLC

Deborah Montaperto
Managing Director, Private Wealth
Morgan Stanley

Bruce E. Mosler
Chairman of Global Brokerage
Cushman & Wakefield, Inc.

Michael Mullman
Blank Rome LLP

Thomas A. Renyi
Retired Chairman
BNY Mellon

Michael I. Roth
Chairman and Chief Executive Officer
Interpublic Group

Edward Skyler
Executive Vice President Global Public Affairs

Jeffrey T. Stevenson
Managing Partner
Veronis Suhler Stevenson

Mark Thompson
President & Chief Executive Officer
The New York Times Company

Emily Weiss
Managing Director

James D. Zirin, Esq.
Sidley Austin LLP

Ex Officio - Katherine Farley
Lincoln Center

Ex Officio - Debora L. Spar
Lincoln Center

Membership Expectations


A $25,000 minimum annual contribution is required for membership on the Leadership Committee.


Members are asked to personally solicit new corporate prospects. Solicitation lists and letters are prepared for each member.


Raise unrestricted funds for 10 world-class performing arts organizations at Lincoln Center.


Attendance is required at two meetings annually—one in the spring and one in the fall. Meeting materials are provided onsite, where members will discuss campaign progress.

Introduce Prospects

Attendance at one of two donor appreciation events is encouraged. These are key opportunities for members to introduce prospects to Lincoln Center.

Host An Event

If possible, we suggest hosting a gathering or event to thank existing donors and cultivate new prospects.


Members are expected to provide incremental support to Corporate Fund events.

Membership Benefits

High-Profile Network

Members are entitled to participating in high-profile networking opportunities


Recognition in the Lincoln Center Corporate Fund Annual Report


Visibility on our website and in a number of printed materials, such as business publications, advertisements, and Lincoln Center Playbills

Special Invitations

Invitations to donor events throughout the year

Concierge Services

Access to Concierge Services (a members-only ticketing service that connects you with the best seats at all performances across campus—before they’re on sale to the general public)

Many More Benefits

Other benefits commensurate with gift level, as detailed in our Membership Benefits Guide

Annual Events

Lincoln Center Business Council Annual Business Leadership Award Breakfast

Each year, the Lincoln Center Business Leadership Award Breakfast honors a professional (or professionals) for their outstanding commitment to the arts and culture in New York City. Proceeds from this event support the Lincoln Center Business Council (LCBC) in its work with the Lincoln Center Corporate Fund. The LCBC raises vital unrestricted funds from middle-market corporations and professional firms for the nine performing arts organizations and two professional training academies resident at Lincoln Center. The unrestricted nature of these funds permits the organizations to use them to maximum effect—which includes engaging in creative educational programming, presenting exciting new productions, and mounting free performances. For additional information, please contact Ayesha Johnson at 212.875.5347 or [email protected]

Spring Networking Event: A Little Light Music and More

This annual event featuring music, cocktails, and hors d’oeuvres is hosted by the Lincoln Center Business Council, designed to create a corporate networking opportunity in support of Lincoln Center. Hundreds of professionals attend this event to mix, mingle, talk business, and highlight the extraordinary partnership between the business community and Lincoln Center’s exceptional performing arts institutions. For additional information, please contact Ayesha Johnson at 212.875.5347 or [email protected]

Lincoln Center Corporate Fund’s Annual Golf and Tennis Tournament

Join the Lincoln Center Corporate Fund for a day of golf and tennis at one of the area’s most prestigious private clubs. The day will feature a buffet brunch and luncheon, gift bag, team photos, entry to contests, and on-course refreshments. It will be capped off with a cocktail reception, award ceremony, and silent auction. Special guests will join the players to make for a truly memorable experience. To secure your spot, or for more information, please contact Arlene Graime at 212.875.5467 or [email protected]

Lincoln Center Jazz Evening at Dizzy’s Club Coca-Cola

The Lincoln Center Business Council hosts this annual evening of jazz at Dizzy’s Club Coca-Cola, an intimate venue designed to ideally frame the superb live music of Jazz at Lincoln Center. A menu of soulful, down-home flavor with New York flair, seasonal cocktails, and the best in live jazz performed several stories above the expansive vista of Central Park make it a terrific opportunity for client entertainment or a night out for employee appreciation. For additional information, please contact Ayesha Johnson at 212.875.5347 or [email protected]

Real Estate & Construction Council Gala

Each year, Lincoln Center’s Real Estate and Construction Council hosts the RECC Gala, with proceeds benefitting eight of the constituent organizations and the two world-class schools at Lincoln Center. Following a lively (but not lengthy) reception and dinner, guests select priority seating from a roster of performances being offered at Lincoln Center: theater, ballet, orchestra, or jazz. The RECC Gala is an exceptional opportunity to entertain important clients and business associates while supporting the arts at Lincoln Center. For additional information, please contact Lily Lovinger at 212.875.5433 or [email protected]

Women’s Business Council Fashion Luncheon

Hosted by the Corporate Fund’s Women’s Leadership Council, the annual What’s In/What’s Out Luncheon is regularly sold-out event showcasing the latest fashion and beauty trends for the coming season. The afternoon features seasonal style displays, a presentation by Harper’s Bazaar Editor-in-Chief Glenda Bailey on the must-have fashion trends and beauty secrets, and a raffle featuring prizes from our sponsors (which have included such prestigious names as LALIQUE). To secure your table, or for ticket information, please contact Jane Kolb at 212.875.5384 or [email protected]

Join the Leadership Committee

Interested in membership with the Leadership Committee?